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Old 30-11-2013, 11:19   #1
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Are the Thunderbirds nearly gone?

I recently spoke to a trans-planted easterner who was a Thunderbird sailor in Ontario, and asked about them here. When I assured him they were common and plentiful here, he remarked he had seen few, if any, and it dawned on me that they were common years ago, but I hadn't really noticed any in more recent years, so I'm wondering if, being almost all plywood, they have almost all gone, in favour of older, but fiberglass boats that have become cheap and plentiful. There seem to be a few holdouts, but it seems they are doomed to history. Correct me if I'm wrong. Are there still a few around, and are they being raced anywhere?
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Old 30-11-2013, 11:56   #2
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Re: Are the Thunderbirds nearly gone?

We have a total of five at the marina I keep our boat in Seattle. There is a big T-Bird club in Seattle area.

All up and down the Puget Sound for that matter.

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I recently spoke to a trans-planted easterner who was a Thunderbird sailor in Ontario, and asked about them here. When I assured him they were common and plentiful here, he remarked he had seen few, if any, and it dawned on me that they were common years ago, but I hadn't really noticed any in more recent years, so I'm wondering if, being almost all plywood, they have almost all gone, in favour of older, but fiberglass boats that have become cheap and plentiful. There seem to be a few holdouts, but it seems they are doomed to history. Correct me if I'm wrong. Are there still a few around, and are they being raced anywhere?
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Old 30-11-2013, 12:07   #3
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Re: Are the Thunderbirds nearly gone?

T-Birds are alive and well at Ashbridge's Bay Yacht Club in Toronto. Glass and plywood.
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Old 30-11-2013, 12:44   #4
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Re: Are the Thunderbirds nearly gone?

Several here in Port Townsend. They are into racing.

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Old 30-11-2013, 15:21   #5
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Re: Are the Thunderbirds nearly gone?

I would estimate there are 12 or so in the Boston area based on seeing them out on the line in multiclass or PHRF races.
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Old 30-11-2013, 18:43   #6
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Re: Are the Thunderbirds nearly gone?

And a great boat they are.
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